Dronfield boxer Adam Etches fights for reduced fee to help teen cancer sufferers

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Adam Etches’ pay packet will be a little light on Thursday night.

He is taking part in a modest two-fight show in Sheffield - one that doesn’t compare with his bigger, televised fight nights at the likes of Sheffield and Manchester Arenas.

Why Adam fights for a smaller purse: he is am ambassador for the Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit in Sheffield. Graphic by Simon Waller

Why Adam fights for a smaller purse: he is am ambassador for the Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit in Sheffield. Graphic by Simon Waller

But while his earnings will take a hit, he doesn’t mind. Because once again, he knows the show will contribute towards his favourite charity, the teenage cancer unit at Weston Park.

“I love raising money for Weston Park and while the purse I take from these shows is smaller it couldn’t go to a better cause” says Etches, 23.

“People sometimes get confused when it’s a ‘charity show.’ But there is nothing charitable about the fight. If a boxer doesn’t take it seriously he will come unstuck. There is a charity attached to the night, but none in the ring.”

Etches takes on Latvian Ruslans Pojonisevs at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel, Sheffield. “It’s a small venue with a close knit bunch of people supporting me and it should be a great night.”

Dronfield-based Etches has finished 11 out of his last 12 fights early and says: “That’s pretty decent I suppose but I’m under no illusion that unless you train properly and do everything you have to do you get yourself in trouble.

“Thankfully there have been no problems and I’m ready to go.”

Etches trains with Andy Marlow at the Akademy gym in Dronfield. “I learned a lot about footwork when I was at the Ingles and now I’m benefitting from working with Andy, who has his own methods” he said.

n The Star’s boxing website has video of a meaty sparring session at Dronfield’s Akademy gym, featuring Etches v Sergey Rabchenko, the Belarus boxer who stopped Ryan Rhodes in 2012.